Erasure Unveils "Still It's Not Over" From Echo Collective Collaboration; New Tour Dates Added

posted Feb 1, 2018, 8:56 AM by Vu Nguyen

(Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) have unveiled the first track from World Beyond, the new album out on March 9 on Mute.
World Beyond – which sees the entirety of Erasure’s 2017 album, World Be Gone, given a post-classical rework – is a collaboration with Echo Collective, the Brussels-based group of post-classical musicians best known for their ongoing collaborative work with A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O’Halloran and Stars of the Lid.

Listen to “Still It’s Not Over,” which tackles the LGBT+ rights movement post-Stonewall and highlights the band’s place within that movement, here (
World Beyond was recorded over ten days by Andy Bell and six performers from Echo Collective. Produced by Echo Collective, mixed by Gareth Jones and arranged by Echo Collective’s Gary De Cart, Margaret Hermant and Neil Leiter.
The tracks featured on World Beyond show award-winning songwriters Vince Clarke and Andy Bell in a more reflective mood, giving the world and recent political upheavals a thoughtful examination. This new collaboration gives a new dimension to the tracks and the band’s optimism about the future remains clear and bright. Andy Bell explains: “…the reinterpretations have brought such enormous context to the songs, it has created a new place for them.”
The original idea for the album developed from Vince Clarke, who initially suggested that a single from World Be Gone could be given an orchestral reinterpretation, but as the idea expanded and took shape, he spoke at length to Echo Collective ahead of the recording. “It was great to talk through ideas with Echo Collective and then see how their arrangements took shape. The collaboration has given elements of the album a whole new feel and Andy's vocals remain as powerful and uplifting as ever” says Clarke.
Recently, Erasure announced a North American leg in addition to the sold out European leg of their world tour. With tickets selling out within a week of announcement in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago and Salt Lake City, additional dates have been added in an attempt to meet demand. For additional details, visit
February 2 – Dundee, Scotland – Caird Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 3 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Usher Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 4 – Newcastle, England – City Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 6 – Liverpool, England – Philharmonic (SOLD OUT)
February 7 – Hull, England – City Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 8 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo (SOLD OUT)
February 10 – Cambridge, England – Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)
February 11 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
February 12 – Nottingham, England – Royal Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 14 – Ipswich, England – Regent (SOLD OUT)
February 15 – Southampton, England – O2 Guildhall (SOLD OUT)
February 16 – Cardiff, Wales – St David’s Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 18 – Aylesbury, England – Friars Waterside Theatre (SOLD OUT)
February 19 – Brighton, England – Dome (SOLD OUT)
February 20 – Guildford, England – G Live (SOLD OUT)
February 22 – Norwich, England – UEA (SOLD OUT)
February 23 – London, England – Eventim Apollo (SOLD OUT)
February 24 – London, England – Eventim Apollo (SOLD OUT)
February 27 – Cologne, Germany – E-Werk (SOLD OUT)
February 28 – Hamburg, Germany – Mehr Theater (SOLD OUT)
March 1 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle (SOLD OUT)
March 3 – Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee (SOLD OUT)
March 4 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle (SOLD OUT)
March 5 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp (SOLD OUT)
March 7 – Hanover, Germany – Capitol (SOLD OUT)
March 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
March 13 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia (SOLD OUT) *rescheduled from January 29
April 21 –  Guadalajara, Mexico – Roxy Fest
May 2 – Lima, Peru – Anfieteatro Del Parque De La Exposicion
May 3 – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
May 5 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Luna Park
May 6 – Rosario, Argentina – Metropolitano      
May 8 – Asunción, Paraguay – Paseo La Galeria
May 10 – Curitiba, Brazil – Teatro Positivo
May 11 – São Paulo, Brazil – Espaco Das Americas
May 12 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Vivo Rio
July 6 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore
July 7 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
July 8 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
July 10 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
July 11 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
July 13 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater
July 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater (SOLD OUT)
July 15 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater (SOLD OUT)
July 17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Merriam Theater
July 20 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
July 21 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
July 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater
July 25 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
July 27 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT)
July 28 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
July 29 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
July 31 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat
August 1 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
August 3 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Music Factory
August 4 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
August 5 – San Antonio, TX– Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
August 7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live (SOLD OUT)
August 8 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live
August 10 – Denver, CO – Opera House          
August 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall 
August 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall (SOLD OUT)
August 14 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre (SOLD OUT)
August 15 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
August 17 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium
August 18 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium (SOLD OUT)
August 19 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium (SOLD OUT)
August 21 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
August 22 – San Diego, CA – Symphony Hall (SOLD OUT)
August 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater
August 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater (SOLD OUT)
August 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater (SOLD OUT)

Rod Stewart Announces 22-Date North American Summer Tour Kicking Off June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl

posted Jan 8, 2018, 6:26 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 6:27 AM ]

Singer/Songwriter Rod Stewart, the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-music icon, today announced plans for an extensive North American summer tour.  Following the incredible success and rave reviews for their 2017 summer tour, Stewart has invited the legendary Cyndi Lauper to again join him as the tour’s special guest.  Produced by Live Nation, the 22-date tour begins June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA with performances scheduled at some of the most storied venues across North America including Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 7, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Aug. 1, Budweiser Stage in Toronto on Aug. 10, Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco on Aug. 29 and more (complete itinerary below).

Pre-sales begin Tuesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time; tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time via For complete details on presales, ticketing and tour information, please visit:, or

Citi® is the official presale credit card for select markets of the Rod Stewart with Special Guest Cyndi Lauper tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning January 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time until Thursday, January 11 at 10:00 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details visit

American Express® will hold a presale for tickets to the Hollywood Bowl concert only, visit for more information.


“The greatest singer in rock 'n' roll proved time is on his side with a heart-pumping nearly two hour set.” - Laura DeMarco, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Two Legends Who Thrill In Their Own Ways…More than just their pop success and great hair, what really united Sir Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper on Saturday night was the sheer joy that both brought out of the audience…You can put a price on a show, but it’s hard to quantify joy.” – Cory Garcia, Houston Press

“The pair, who combined have sold a whopping 250 million albums throughout their Grammy-winning careers… kick off a nostalgia blast.” – Rachel Desantis, Entertainment Weekly

Stewart, Lauper provide timeless performances at Xfinity Center.” “There are concerts and then there are productions…Stewart’s signature raspy voice never faltered in a 90-minute set that dazzled with showmanship and personality, changes from one flashy costume to the next, and stellar vocals that drew the audience in close for their favorites… Stewart was simply a treat.” - Sue McDonald, The Sun Chronicle

“The spotlight was all Sir Rod’s…hits came early and often: Infatuation, Some Guys Have All the Luck, Tonight’s the Night, Forever Young, Young Turks, Tom Waits’ Downtown Train. On a stirring Maggie May, Stewart shimmied and twirled with his mic stand; on a drunkenly woozy Stay With Me, he punted an arsenal of soccer balls throughout the arena…but whenever the time came to sing loud and proud, Stewart didn’t back down.” - Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper are true music legends, who’ve been awarded nearly every industry award and honor for their incomparable catalog of hits and activism, among them multiple Grammys, American Music Awards and VMA’s, plus two inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, and a knighthood for Stewart; and an Emmy and Tony Award for Lauper.



25                           Hollywood, CA -- Hollywood Bowl    


24                           Hollywood, FL -- Hard Rock Event Center *
26                           Orlando, FL -- Amway Arena
28                           Charlotte, NC -- Spectrum Center 
29                           Louisville, KY -- KFC YUM! Arena



1                              Nashville, TN -- Bridgestone Arena
3                              Allentown, PA -- PPL Center
4                              Atlantic City, NJ -- Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
7                              New York, NY -- Madison Square Garden
10                           Toronto, ON -- Budweiser Stage
11                           Pittsburgh, PA -- PPG Paints Arena
14                           Kansas City, MO -- Sprint Center
15                           St. Paul, MN -- Xcel Energy Center
18                           Indianapolis, IN -- Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
19                           St. Louis, MO -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
22                           Denver, CO -- Pepsi Center Arena
24                           Phoenix, AZ -- Talking Stick Resort Arena
26                           San Diego, CA -- Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
28                           Reno, NV -- Event Center **
29                           San Francisco, CA -- Shoreline Amphitheatre
31                           Portland, OR -- Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre



1                              Seattle, WA -- White River Amphitheater


* Concert promoted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

** Concert promoted by Eldorado Resorts, Inc.


Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best selling artists in the history of recorded music with 200 million records sold worldwide. With his signature voice, narrative songwriting, trendsetting style and passionate live performances he’s transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, new wave, and even the Great American Song Book; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his five decade-long career.  As a singer and songwriter his hits include “Gasoline Alley,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” “Mandolin Wind,” “You Wear It Well,” “The Killing of Georgie,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim),” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?,” “Young Turks,” “Forever Young,” “Hot Legs,” “Infatuation” and the indelible, “Maggie May.” Stewart’s performed for millions of fans on all seven continents, even holding the record for the largest-ever free concert, for an estimated 4.2 million in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve in 1996.  In addition to touring, his Las Vegas residency, "Rod Stewart: The Hits," at The Coloseum at Caesars Palace has remained one of the hottest tickets and best reviewed shows since its launch in 2011.  He’s earned countless of the industry’s highest awards, among them; two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, New York Times bestselling author, Grammy™ Living Legend, and in 2016 he officially became “Sir Rod Stewart” after being knighted by Britain's Prince William at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity.

Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning artist who, after 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She's So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. With a string of unique follow-ups, Lauper has continued to push her own boundaries, exploring electronic dance music, American standards, the Memphis blues and, with her latest studio album Detour, country classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s which features collaborations with some of country music’s most-celebrated artists including Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Alison Kraus. In recognition of her ongoing contribution to music, Lauper was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e Premiere New Single via Billboard, Debut Collaborative Album Out 2/16

posted Dec 10, 2017, 11:22 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 11:23 PM ]

L-R ID: Channy Leaneagh, Marlies van Gangelen, Merle Scheske, André de Ridder, Chris Bierden, Drew Christopherson, Thora Sveinsdóttir, Maaike van der Linde, Alistair Sung, Romain Bly, Ben Ivascu
Credit: Graham Tolbert
Minneapolis-based electronic quintet POLIÇA and European orchestral collective s t a r g a z e recently announced their debut collaborative album entitled Music For The Long Emergency. Following their heart-stopping first track  "How Is This Happening?," (listen on written the day after Trump's election and released on its one-year anniversary, is their new single "Agree." Produced by POLIÇA’s Ryan Olson at Justin Vernon's studio in Wisconsin, the melodic "Agree" finds POLIÇA frontwoman Channy Leaneagh's voice -  atypically unfiltered in this track - careening from vulnerable verses to a vibrant and vital refrain atop of s t a r g a z e's lush chamber arrangement.

Listen to "Agree" on

tells Billboard about the track:

"In this long emergency of being human without a clue, we fall prey to the loudest, most powerful voices, and romantic love seems old fashioned and usually oppressive. However, we still fall in love again and again. When I got married a second time, I understood I have more philosophy than true conversion; I'm a religious anarchist but I haven't been born again, so to speak.

"But when I see it amongst my smartest, most radical friends and heroes, it's more confusing; they too get married or enter monogamous relationships. It makes no sense when you discuss the historical evidence or just our own experiences with love, but then we don't often act in evidence and learn from the past. That's the place 'Agree' was made from. We don't believe in it but we want it all the same."

Introduced via the Liquid Music project run by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, with the hope of a cross-genre collaboration, POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e first met in Berlin in 2016 in s t a r g a z e conductor André de Ridder's living room. While the collaboration started in the same room, the process continued as an 18-month long "ping pong" match as the bands exchanged ideas and music over email, mp3 files, video conferencing, and the occasional meet-up in Berlin, Minneapolis, and Eau Claire. Both bands were adamant that whatever they created "not just be POLIÇA songs with s t a r g a z e pasted on top," as POLIÇA vocalist Channy Leaneagh puts it, and the end result is the most adventurous and forward-thinking music either group has made to date.

Lyrically, this is in many ways an album of tensions — of sorrow and intense joy, of beauty and confusion. "It's about those contradictions in life," Leaneagh says. "How you can be going through tragedy, never-ending wars, but you still also are dealing with human relationships and love and romantic troubles." It is a reflection of the strange and sudden darkening of our times. "Everybody in s t a r g a z e and POLIÇA is a little older. I grew up in a time in America that was before the internet, in a time when the schools in America were the least segregated that they'd ever been. In a time when we had turned towards progress after the era of Jim Crow, and lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan. And we're back in that right now in America. And in a lot of places in Europe too. We had our hands on progress and then it flipped. So the songs deal with that, lyrically, and musically they do too — with the idea that we're still human beings and we’re trying to find happiness and the love of our lives, or a career to be happy about, but then we're also trying to find world peace and end racism."

For both bands, this record is "an example of the truly healing effects of making music with your friends," says Leaneagh. “And while it doesn’t necessarily make things better, it builds community.”

Tour dates:

2/15 - North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
2/17 - New York, NY @ Symphony Space at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2/18 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
2/19 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
2/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
2/22 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
2/23 - Cincinnati, OH @ Contemporary Arts Center
2/27 - London, UK @ Oval Space
3/1 - Rotterdam, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/2 - Amsterdam, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/3 - Eindhoven, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/4 - Enschede, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival

* solo POLIÇA show

Wanting Announces Headlining North American Tour Dates | New Album 'LLL' Out Now Via Nettwerk

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:35 AM by Vu Nguyen

This February, Vancouver-based, multi-platinum selling artist Wanting will bring her new album 'LLL' ('Love Loss Latitude') on the road in North America. Produced by Justin Gray (John Legend, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Joss Stone), the full length released via Nettwerk Records last fall. The tour kicks off on February 18th in Eugene, Oregon at HiFi Music Hall and concludes on March 3rd at Toronto's Opera House. A full list of tour dates below.

In 2011, Wanting was signed by Nettwerk Records as the label’s first Chinese Canadian artist who composes in both Mandarin and English. Since then, she has quickly risen in fame as one of most recognized singer-songwriters in Asia. Her debut album 'Everything In The World' hit No. 1 on iTunes in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and sold over a billion downloads in China, achieving multi-platinum status. Wanting was nominated and won prestigious awards (Golden Melody Awards, Global Chinese Music Awards, Hito Music Awards and Chinese Music Awards) in categories such as "Best Producer," "Best Album of The Year," "Song of The Year," "Best New Artist," "Best Music Composer" and "Best Singer-Songwriter of The Year." Ms. Qu teamed up with Tourism Vancouver and became Vancouver’s first Ambassador to China in 2013 and 2014.

Tickets on sale on November 30th at 12am EST via

Wanting North American Tour Dates
Feb. 18 - Eugene, OR - Jacqua Music Hall
Feb. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mayan
Feb. 23 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz
Feb. 25 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Feb. 27 - Boson, MA - The Middle East
Mar. 1 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Mar. 3 - Toronto, CN - Opera House

The Prince Estate Launches Hit N Run Online Pop-Up Store

posted Nov 30, 2017, 6:46 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 6:47 AM ]

Synonymous with Prince's famous "Hit N Run" releases which dropped without warning or promotion, The Prince Estate has launched a "Hit N Run" online pop-up store (  This is the first offering of official and authorized merchandise from The Prince Estate. The collection includes classic pieces highlighting Prince's iconic looks from his debut to the Purple Rain era and more. 
The capsule includes two graphic pieces from UK artist Martin Homent - the first inspired from Purple Rain and the second a silhouette of Prince’s profile cast on the moon - Prince featured the latter graphic as a stage backdrop during his final Piano & A Microphone performances in early 2016.  Notably, Martin’s artwork was also featured on the cover of Prince’s final two albums, HITnRun Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two. For the first time ever, fans outside of the US and Canada will be able to purchase directly from the site. For more information please visit

Hüsker Dü and Numero Group release deluxe box set spanning 1979 - 1983

posted Sep 7, 2017, 6:20 AM by Vu Nguyen

The Numero Group has officially announced the release of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ, a new deluxe box set chronicling the extraordinary early years of Hüsker Dü. SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ is available beginning Friday, November 10th.
Available on four LPs or three CDs, SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ compiles 69 tracks - 47 of them previously unreleased - spanning the Saint Paul, MN-based trio's formative 1979 live shows to their milestone early releases via SST Records, including first singles "Statues" b/w "Amusement" (1981) and "In A Free Land" (1982), as well as 1983's full-length debut album, EVERYTHING FALLS APART, and an alternate recording of 1982's seminal live recording, LAND SPEED RECORD. Newly remastered from the original analog demos, board tapes, and session masters, the anthology is accompanied by a hardbound book highlighted by an epic history of Hüsker Dü, penned with full participation from founding members Grant Hart, Greg Norton, and Bob Mould, as well as 40 never-before seen photos, a remarkable collection of rare flyers, and detailed sessionography.
In addition, a limited edition bonus 7'' will be available with all Numero Group mail orders while supplies last. EXTRA CIRCUS collects five previously unissued songs recorded during the Christmas 1982 sessions that yielded the following year's landmark METAL CIRCUS. Available exclusively as a vinyl 7'', EXTRA CIRCUS comes packaged in the full color sleeve designed by Grant Hart and intended for the original release of METAL CIRCUS.
 The announcement of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ was greeted with wide-ranging media attention, including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and NPR Music, which premiered the collection in its entirety via an extensive "First Listen" feature. "It sounds incredible," writes NPR's Michaelangelo Matos, "even the cruddiest source material rings through with maximal volume and clarity...The thrill of SAVAGE YOUNG DÜ is hearing three young men figuring out how to turn their dissatisfaction with the world into glorious noise in more-or-less real time."
Hüsker Dü is of course among the most influential and iconic bands to rise up from the hardcore punk underground, marrying Mould and Hart's glorious songwriting with punishing noise, breakneck tempos, and unstoppable invention to create what remains a truly original vision of American music.
"We created this blistering wall of sound," says Bob Mould, "bright white radio static with occasional melody."
"It was like rolling down a hill aware of the bumps," Grant Hart says, "but focusing on blowing people's minds and completely wearing out the audience."
"We didn't know what hardcore was," says Greg Norton. "We just got up there and played real fast and loud."
For more information, please visit NUMEROGROUP.COM.

(Numero Group)
Release Date: November 10th, 2017

1. Do You Remember?
2. Sore Eyes
3. Can't See You Anymore
4. Picture Of You
5. The Truth Hurts
6. Do The Bee
7. Nuclear Nightmare
8. All I've Got To Lose Is You
9. Chinese Rocks
10. Uncle Ron
11. Data Control
12. Insects Rule The World
13. You're Too Obtuse
14. Outside
15. Sexual Economics
16. What Went Wrong
17. Statues
18. Amusement
19. Writer's Cramp
20. Let's Go Die
21. Walk With The Wounded
22. Industrial Grocery Store
1. Drug Party
2. Call On Me
3. Termination
4. I'm Tired Of Doing Things
5. Stick It To Me
6. Wheels
7. All Tensed Up
8. Don't Try To Call
9. I'm Not Interested
10. Guns At My School
11. Push The Button
12. Gilligan's Island
13. MTC
14. Don't Have A Life
15. You're Naive
16. Strange Week
17. Big Sky
18. Ultracore
19. Let's Go Die
20. Won't Say A Word
21. Don't Try It
22. Private Hell
23. Diane
24. Sex Dolls
1. In A Free Land
2. What Do I Want?
3. M.I.C.
4. Target
5. Signals From Above
6. From The Gut
7. Blah, Blah, Blah
8. Punch Drunk
9. Bricklayer
10. Afraid Of Being Wrong
11. Sunshine Superman
12. Signals From Above
13. Everything Falls Apart
14. Wheels
15. Target
16. Obnoxious
17. Gravity
18. Do You Remember?
19. Travel In Opposite Car
20. It's Not Funny Anymore
21. Real World
22. Out On A Limb
23. It's Not Fair
1. Heavy Handed
2. You Think I'm Scared
3. Won't Change
4. Is Today The Day?
5. Standing At The Sea

Liam Gallagher's As You Were out October 6th; North American tour starts November 13

posted Sep 2, 2017, 12:56 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 12:56 PM ]

As the eagerly anticipated October 6th release of his debut solo album As You Were draws near, the iconic Liam Gallagher shares a new live performance of “For What It’s Worth.”

Filmed at AIR Studios in London and backed by his live band and a string section, the live performance finds Liam’s towering vocal soaring skyward on a song that serves up the biggest chorus of the album.

The studio version of the track was produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat and written by Liam with Simon Jons. NME highlighted it in their Best New Tracks feature and commented: Liam goes full Oasis ballad on this emotive powerhouse of a tune. One for festival fields and arenas.” Rolling Stone agreed and stated: “‘For What It's Worth’ bears the hallmarks of a classic Oasis track like ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.”

“I wanted to write an apology,” says Liam. “Not to one person, but to everyone, because I’m no good at saying sorry. That song is a tune.”

With his famous vocal and irrepressible charisma dominating his life-affirming live shows, Liam Gallagher’s comeback is fully capturing the public’s imagination. The three tracks that previewed the album – “Wall Of Glass,” “Chinatown” and “For What It’s Worth” – have already been streamed more than 22 million times. The new songs have made an instant and indelible impact.

Liam wrote or co-wrote every song that is featured on As You Were. In addition to Dan Grech-Marguerat, other key collaborators include Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt. One of the most striking aspects of the album is that all the songs have a purpose. There’s no flab, nothing to cut. They all feel directed at something or someone, setting the record straight and reflecting his lyrical point of view.

The tracklisting for As You Were is:

1. Wall Of Glass
2. Bold
3. Greedy Soul
4. Paper Crown
5. For What It’s Worth
6. When I’m In Need
7. You Better Run
8. I Get By
9. Chinatown
10. Come Back To Me
11. Universal Gleam
12. I've All I Need

 Bonus tracks on deluxe editions of the album:

13. Doesn’t Have To Be That Way
14. All My People / All Mankind
15. I Never Wanna Be Like You

 As You Were is now available to pre-order with ‘Wall Of Glass’, ‘Chinatown’ and ‘For What It’s Worth’ provided as instant downloads. It will be released on digital (standard and deluxe), CD (standard and deluxe) and vinyl (standard 12” and limited edition coloured 12” formats).

A special boxset is also available. It compiles a coloured 12” vinyl of the album, an exclusive 7” format of “For What It’s Worth,” a print designed by Klaus Voorman (the artist behind The Beatles’ Revolver album cover) and additional collectors’ items.

As previously announced, Liam Gallagher and band will tour North America this fall:             

Nov 13 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Nov 18 Denver, CO Gothic SOLD OUT
Nov 20 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Nov 21 Chicago, IL The Riviera
Nov 23 Toronto, ON Rebel
Nov 25 Boston, MA House of Blues
Nov 27 New York, NY Terminal 5
Nov 29 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre SOLD OUT
Nov 30 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer SOLD OUT

 Additional information to be revealed soon. Until then visit:

The National Share Video for "Day I Die" + New Album Out Sept 8th

posted Aug 28, 2017, 11:39 PM by Vu Nguyen

The National
shared their latest track "Day I Die" from their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast. The video, which was directed by Casey Reas, compresses the frenetic energy of performing with the grind of touring. It's a day in the life of The National. Reas adds, "Graham MacIndoe captured eighteen time-lapse photo series during rehearsals at Le Centquatre in June 2017 in Paris. Hours of rehearsal are compressed into a few minutes. Over five thousand of these photographs were brought together to create the final video.

I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A flickering color layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage. The images are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision."  

Starting Monday, September 4th the band will takeover SiriusXMU. Listen all week for exclusive interviews as they play tracks off their new album. On September 5th, World Cafe and NPR Music will host a First Listen Live performance where the band will perform their new album to a sold out crowd in Philadelphia. The performance can be streamed on On Thursday night, the band will perform on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. To celebrate the release of Sleep Well Beast on September 8th, the band will perform their new record in a special, intimate show at Bowery Ballroom exclusively for SiriusXM. The performance will air live at 7:00 pm ET on SiriusXMU, channel 35, and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at On September 9th, the band will be featured on CBS This Morning - Saturday.

The National claimed their first #1 at commercial radio on the Triple-A radio chart with "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" and recently shared the track "Carin at the Liquor Store." Both songs, along with the previously released "Guilty Party" are off the band's seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast out next week on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.

In September, The National will embark on their nearly sold-out tour. U.S. stops include Forest Hills Stadium in New York on October 6, The Hollywood Bowl on October 11, and Greek Theatre in Berkeley on October 14 with a Sunday matinee on October 15. In advance of the tour The National have played Glastonbury in the second to headlining slot on the mainstage ("Could The National Be Glastonbury's Next Headliners?" said the NME review ), performed two intimate nights in the round at Hudson's Basilica and just played at Haven Festival in Copenhagen. For additional information and pre-sale registration visit


"The National's upcoming full-length, Sleep Well Beast, is shaping up to be the best album the band has done." - NPR

"The National are having a moment, however unassumingly, at the top of whatever is left of serious rock music." - Magnet

"Sleep Well Beast is a towering achievement." - Under the Radar

"'The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness' blends elements of the National's signature indie rock anthems with a shot of disco funk. A shuffling drum beat and a grimy guitar loop mix with a slow-burning blend of piano, synths and horns that rise at the end..." - Rolling Stone

"'Guilty Party' is an instant National classic; a brooding, longing love song of defeat, with a haunting melody that lingers in your head long after the song is over." - WXPN

Nobody Else Will Be There
Day I Die
Walk It Back
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Born to Beg
Empire Line
I'll Still Destroy You
Guilty Party
Carin at the Liquor Store
Dark Side of the Gym
Sleep Well Beast

# w/ Daughter
% w/ Local Natives
^ w/ This Is The Kit
* w/ Adia Victoria

9/05/17 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA (SOLD OUT)
9/16/17 - Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour - Cork, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/17/17 - Vicar Street - Dublin, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/18/17 - Vicar Street - Dublin, IRELAND (SOLD OUT)
9/20/17 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/21/17 - Usher Hall - Edinburgh, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/22/17 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/23/17 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
9/25/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/26/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/27/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
9/28/17 - Eventim Hammersmith Apollo - London, UK ^ (SOLD OUT)
10/05/17 - Wang Theatre - Boston, MA * (SOLD OUT)
10/06/17 - Forest Hills Stadium - New York, NY #
10/7/17 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA #
10/8/17 - Masonic Hall - Detroit, MI #
10/11/17 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA % #
10/12/17 - CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA #
10/14/17 - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA # (SOLD OUT)
10/15/17 - Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA
10/21/17 - Elbphilharmonie - Hamburg, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/23/17 - Tempodrom - Berlin, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/24/17 - Tempodrom - Berlin, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)
10/25/17 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS (SOLD OUT)
10/26/17 - AFAS Live - Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
10/28/17 - Coliseum - Lisbon, PORTUGAL (SOLD OUT)
10/30/17 - Bozar - Brussels, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT)
10/31/17 - Bozar - Brussels, BELGIUM (SOLD OUT)
11/02/17 - Pitchfork Paris, Paris FRANCE
11/04/17 - Annexet - Stockholm, SWEDEN (SOLD OUT)
11/05/17 - Annexet - Stockholm, SWEDEN
11/06/17 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, NORWAY (SOLD OUT)
11/07/17 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, NORWAY
11/27/17 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR  ^ (SOLD OUT)
11/28/17 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA ^ (SOLD OUT)
11/29/17 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/01/17 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver BC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/02/17 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver BC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/04/17 - Verizon Hall - Philadelphia, PA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/05/17 - The Anthem - Washington,DC ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/07/17 - Metropolis - Montreal QC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/08/17 - Metropolis - Montreal QC, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/09/17 - Sony Centre - Toronto ON, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/10/17 - Hamilton Place Theatre - Hamilton ON, CANADA ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/12/17 - Civic Opera House - Chicago, IL ^ (SOLD OUT)
12/13/17 - Civic Opera House - Chicago, IL ^ (SOLD OUT)
1/20/18 -  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
1/23/18 - Pepsi Center WTC - Mexico City, MX
2/21/18 - Sydney Opera House Forecourt - Sydney, AUSTRALIA
2/25/18 - Villa Maria Winery - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
2/27/18 - Riverstage - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
3/1/18 - Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Mad Cool Festival Press Statement

posted Jul 9, 2017, 3:36 PM by Vu Nguyen

We, the festival management, would like to publicly express our absolute grief and desolation regarding the incident that happened at the festival on Friday 7th July while choreographer, dancer and workmate Pedro Aunion was performing. We would like to express our love and support to all his family and friends at this hard and devastating time.

With regard to the festival's response in the aftermath of the incident:

1 - In order to preserve the privacy of Pedro's family, there were no statements made nor was his identity revealed without the family's prior knowledge. We ask that the press respect the privacy of Pedro's family and they are allowed to grieve. We hope that we will be joined in making this a priority.

2 - The decision to not stop the festival immediately was made between the state and local security forces, as well as our security management. Mad Cool Festival complied with all the corresponding security measures that are mandatory for the audience, artists and workers at festivals and was prepared for all eventualities. In this situation it was officially deemed unsafe to have a large mass of people moving all at once, with the possibility of violent reactions, due to a sudden cancelation of an event of 45,000 people. The safety and security of the fans at the festival was of the highest order and it was not compromised.

Throughout the night and since the tragedy, we worked together in a coordinated way with the healthcare professionals present at the event, as well as the emergency services of the city council and security team. A psychological unit was made available to the family

We believe music and culture are a life celebration and the festival pays tribute to all the artists that work everyday showcasing their talent in front of admiring and appreciative audiences.

Mad Cool would officially like to thank the audience for their kindness and support, the security forces and emergency services who worked so hard to keep everyone safe and we offer our gratitude and affection to all at this hard time.

The Afghan Whigs to tour North America this fall

posted Jun 20, 2017, 1:51 PM by Vu Nguyen

The Afghan Whigs will tour North America this fall behind their stunning new album In Spades (out now on Sub Pop). The 28-city tour will begin on September 6 at The Social in Orlando, FL before taking them through Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, and many more, including several cities they haven't played in years, like Richmond, Birmingham, Kansas City and Houston. Har Mar Superstar will support on all dates. Tickets are on sale now, and the full list of dates can be found below.

In Spades, the follow-up to the widely-acclaimed Do The Beast (2014, Sub Pop), has been met with rave reviews from all corners. Pitchfork called it "as expansive and substantial as a double-album statement;" UNCUT praised it as "a thrilling, impassioned addition to their catalogue;" The Guardian raved that the band had "ingenuity in spades;" and MOJO deemed the band "back to their dark, soulful best."

Led by singles "Demon In Profile," "Oriole," and "Arabian Heights," the album was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree, and was written and produced by frontman Greg Dulli.

Following a sold-out show at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, the band is currently on a 17-country European tour in support of the album, featuring support from Ed Harcourt at each show. European dates can be found on the band's website.

The Afghan Whigs' upcoming tour dates:

9/6 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
9/7 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
9/8 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
9/9 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club *
9/11 - Richmond, VA - The National *
9/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
9/14 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
9/16 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
9/18 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount *
9/19 - Toronto, ON - Opera House *
9/21 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave *
9/22 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
9/23 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
9/24 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
9/26 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews *
Sep. 28 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's *
Sep. 29 - Nashville, TN - Exit IN *
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn *
Oct. 12 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up *
Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre *
Oct. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
Oct. 17 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre *
Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox *
Oct. 20 - Salt Lake, UT - Urban Lounge *
Oct. 21 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre *
Oct. 22 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
Oct. 24 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
Oct. 25 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
Oct. 26 - Houston, TX - Heights Theater *

10/27 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music + Arts Festival

* - w/Har Mar Superstar

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